Seasonal colors are special one-time product runs, and usually are manufactured in bright, pastel type colors, or are re-issues of former core colors, or feature special print canvas uppers. Seasonal colors have been difficult to find in stores on any regualar basis the past few years. If you ever see a pair you like (and available in your size), buy them immediately. You may not get a second chance! For current information about what seasonal models are planned for this season, go to the shoe outlook page.
Hibiscus and pale blue are two of the seasonal colors for 2006.
The Converse Company came out with over 200 versions of chucks for 2006 (including models for kids). Some of the highlights for 2006: New seasonal colors hibiscus in high top and low cut models and pale blue in a high top. Roll down high tops were manufactured, with the latest color combination a royal blue with black interior. Batman chucks were a continuing popular pattern model, and the latest version issued in youth and adult sizes was a black monochrome shoe with a red print.
Monochrome black and red Batman high tops, Royal blue and black roll down high top
Converse continued to issue new “distressed” chucks models. The rummage, a chucks canvas model that looks worn........and almost worn out, came out in a black high top, a flag print high top, and a natural white low cut model. The shoes feature worn outsoles, wrapping, and some holes in the upper canvas. There was a new version of the Peace high top with a peace sign molded into the toe cap. and fabric added to the heel to form a peace sign. A new line of corduroy chucks came out in July. Converse released several new colors of leather Chuck Taylors including a great looking chocolate/olive model. Another distressed Chuck Taylor model used a new technique where the inner lining shows through the exterior of the shoe giving an appearance that looks like worn places with patches. In August Converse released the first mid cut Chuck Taylor models. New seasonal colors for the summer were Wheat, Dark Chedder, Picante (rust), Bisay Blue (Turquoise), and Amaranth (purple). The Print Canvas seasonal chucks for 2006 included the artwork and multicultural high tops, Batman models, and familiar patterns from the past.
Print Canvas High Tops: monochrome black flames, red stencil, black and red tattoo, green and black tattoo, charcoal and parchment pinstripe, artwork, multicultural.
Chuck Taylor Logo, Special Pattern, and Camouflage Canvas High Tops: Batman monochrome black and red, Batman spotlight, candy cane, John Varvatos peace, black Chuck Taylor Logo, red Chuck Taylor logo, navy/gold/yellow Chuck Taylor logo, desert camouflage.
Special Pattern, Goth and Slip-on Low Cuts: monochrome flame, sunshine and black Goth, club print, royal blue slip-on.
2-Tone canvas Chuck Taylors were released in a few combinations of its traditional look, and in a design based on the monochrome look, called the Goth.
Goth and 2 Tone Canvas High Tops: sunshine/black goth, royal/red 2-tone, grey/pink 2 tone.
2-Tone Canvas Low Cuts: parchment and green fleece-lined, green and pink pastel, fuchsia and green, chocolate and pink.
New leather models for 2006 included the black and wheat nubuck and the cork/parchment high top. In low cut there were new models in the one star line, including an All Star slide.
Leather High Tops: Black/caramel, Chocolate/koala, John Lennon Peace black/grey, black monochrome, black nubuck, wheat nubuck, black leather boot, Varvatos leather, cork/parchment leather.
Leather low cut and One-Stars: black/white one star premiere, grey/orange one star premiere, green/white one star premiere, All Star slide.
Fold over or roll down high tops continue to be a very popular seasonal line for Converse. The latest to arrive is a Black/Yellow foldover and a Grey/Red foldover. Many models from 2005 continue to be available. These fold over shoes can be worn as regular high tops or with the canvas tops folded over.
Fold Over (Roll Down) Canvas High Tops: Black/green/amber foldover, Cinco de Mayo white/green/red foldover, green/pink foldover, girls' plaid roll down, pastel grey/carnation roll down, light grey/blue roll down, rock/green flash roll down, parchment/green fleece foldover, chocolate/parchment fleece foldover, dark green wool foldover, royal/black roll down, black/yellow roll down, grey/red roll down.
2005 featured new orange and yellow chucks, in shades called Neon Orange and Golden Yellow, both available in both high tops and low cut models. There were quite a few new models of green for 2005 including Pine Green, Neon Green, Jade Green, and Green (this color is very much like Celtic Green) in high tops and low cut, and bog green high tops. Rounding out the 2005 colors were Very Berry, Passion Purple, Neon Pink, and Chocolate Brown, all available in high top and low cut. Returning colors include Pink, Carolina Blue and Charcoal all available in high top and low cut. Another interesting new model was the Distressed Red and Distressed Black (more of a grey, like the denim black) high top. These shoes have faded colors with matching stitching, extra long laces, and threads that hang from the rear of the shoe. The low cut Slip-On was also new for 2005. These are shoes with no laces, the tongue being attached partially to the uppers. Slip-ons were available in seven colors.
2005 Seasonal Color Canvas High Tops: neon orange, neon pink, very berry, Carolina blue, purple passion, golden yellow, sunshine yellow.
More 2005 Seasonal Color Canvas High Tops: distressed black, distressed red, pine green, bog green, neon green, jade green, green, chocolate, charcoal.
Seasonal Color Canvas Low Cuts: Carolina blue, pink, purple, royal blue, Celtic green, pine green, neon lime, neon pink, neon orange, jade green, very berry.
Slip On Low Cuts: green apple, pink, pepper red, natural, navy blue, royal, black.
New print canvas high tops for 2005 included the stencil, the grafitti, the funk flo, the tattoo, and the pinstripe, mostly available in high top. The stencil models came with an All Star License plate style stencil kit with several stencils that you could use to add to other shoes or clothing. Special pattern low cuts included madras plaid, girls plaid, and club print.
Print Canvas High Tops: black stencil, red stencil, white grafitti, black graffiti, funk flo black, black and red tattoo, green and black tattoo, black and navy tattoo, black and parchment pinstripe, charcoal and parchment pinstripe.
Special Pattern Low Cuts: madras plaid, girls plaid, club print.
These seasonal colors were issued in 2004, including the return of orange and yellow chucks, in shades called Tangerine and Sunshine, both in high top and low cut models. Turquoise high tops and Nylon Green high tops, a monochrome high top with nylon uppers, and Deep Denim/Parchment high tops were also new for 2004. Other colors continuing from 2003 included Pink, Simply Taupe, Purple, Carolina Blue, Celtic Green, Royal Blue, and Charcoal.
Seasonal Color Canvas High Tops: Carolina blue, simply taupe, purple, Celtic green, pink, tangerine, maroon.
More Seasonal Color Canvas High Tops: Royal blue, charcoal, turquoise, deep denim/parchment, sunshine yellow, nylon green.
Seasonal Color Canvas Low Cuts: Carolina blue, simply taupe, pink, purple, royal blue, Celtic green, maroon, charcoal, sunshine yellow, tangerine orange.
The 2-Tone canvas Chuck Taylor was available in eight color combinations, black and white, black and gold, red and black, purple and gold, royal blue and red, and royal blue and orange. The first color listed is on the outside, and the second color is used for the tongue and ankle support strip in the back of each shoe. The shoes also had new colored patches on the back, and used matching colored piping on the rubber foxing of the shoes. Each model except for the black and gold combination was available in high top and low cut. Another two color product line was the satin two tone, which came in a red/navy and black/purple high top or a red/navy low cut. These shoes had satin uppers and satin interiors with flower detail. A third two tone model was the roll down high top which is described in the next section.
2 Tone Canvas and Satin High Tops: Black/white 2-tone, black/gold 2-tone, red/black 2-tone, royal/orange 2 tone, royal/red 2-tone, purple/gold 2-tone, red/navy satin, black/purple satin, green/yellow 2-tone.
2-Tone Low Cuts, left to right: royal blue and red, purple and gold, red and black, black and white, navy and red satin, purple and black, black and pink.
Fold over or roll down high tops continued to be a popular seasonal line for Converse. 2004 arrivals included a Cinco de Mayo foldover in green, red, and white,along with black/red, navy/Carolina blue, green/orange, and grey/Carolina blue solid color comibinations and a Puerto Rican flag pattern with inside frog logo. Fold over shoes can be worn as regular high tops or with the canvas tops folded over.
Fold Over Canvas High Tops: Cinco de Mayo green/red foldover, Cinco de Mayo white/green/red foldover, Puerto Rico flag with frog fold-over, green/orange fold-over, navy/Carolina blue fold-over, gray/Carolina blue fold-over, green/pink foldover.
Extra high chucks, in both canvas and leather models continued to be released in limited editions. New for 2004 were denim extra high tops, off white/green extra high tops, purple/lilac extra high tops and black/neon flash extra high. The exterior was identical to the blue denim chucks and graphic star chucks available in prior years. The interior canvas is a plaid pattern that you can view when the uppers are folded over.
X-Hi Chucks: denim blue x-high, off white/green x-high, purple/lilac x-high, black/neon flash x-high.
Seasonal colors were greatly expanded in 2003 and many new colors were made available for purchase in both high top and low cut. These colors included Pink, Simply Taupe, a return of the light brown color last made several years ago, Purple which is more of a reddish purple than the darker rage purple which was a recent seaonal color, Carolina Blue, a light blue color, Celtic Green, a bright green shade brighter than the recent Oil Green, Pine, or Sea Grass models, Royal Blue, (lighter and brighter than navy blue), Maroon, the former core color, and Charcoal.
2-Tone high top and low cut chucks.
Converse released a new product line called 2-Tone canvas Chuck Taylor in four color combinations, black and white, red and black, purple and gold, and royal blue and red. The first color listed is on the outside, and the second color is used for the tongue and ankle support strip in the back of each shoe. The shoes also have new colored patches on the back, and use matching colored piping on the rubber foxing of the shoes. Each model was available in high top and low cut.
Extra high chucks.
2003 marked the reissue of extra high chucks, in two canvas and two leather models. These are similar to the knee high chucks that were manufactured in the eighties. The two canvas models were denim blue and bandana red. The interior canvas is a bandana-like pattern that you can view when the uppers are folded over. The two leather x-high models were black/cream and white/black.
New canvas pattern chucks for 2003.
New canvas pattern Chuck Taylors for 2003 included the graphic star high top in denim and off white, a leopard print high top, a high top based on the Puerto Rican flag and frog symbol, and the red bandana and navy bandana pattern in low cut.
The styles and models that Converse announced were often subject to change. For example, for 2002 they announced a “MOODY LEATHER OXFORD” in which the leather changes color like a mood ring. But these never came out. Instead they did produce a black bomber leather high top and low cut, navy suede leather high top and low cut, charcoal suede leather high top and low cut, and distressed leather natural high top and low cut. Converse released “Chuck Mules" in March, 2002. That's the style with the back missing so you can slide your foot in. These were produced in six colors. New colors announced for spring, 2002 included Neon Orange, Neon Green, and Neon Pink Other seasonal colors included raspberry, grape, and limeade, and charcoal, although again some of these colors never became available. Pattern fabric chucks included Hawiian prints in hitops and low cuts (blue, green, and orange), and the very successful Flame, a black shoe with hotrod flames down the sides in high tops and low cuts. They also released coated denim models in navy and in light blue that were designed to match the new unwashed jean styles. The canvas itself was shiny with the coating.
Seasonal colors were not made in 2001 due to the bankruptcy and changeover of ownership.
Seasonal colors produced for 2000 included urban chic (charcaol grey), claret red, rage purple, flame orange, and seamist green. They were made available in sizes 3-13 in both high-cut and low-cut versions.
Click on the thumbnails to see Urban Chic, Rage Purple, Claret Red, Seamist Green, or Flame Orange models.
The seasonal colors for spring, 1999 were Banana, Taupe, Lilac Blue, Florescent Green, Misty Grey, Cobalt, Brick Red, and Denim. The Stars and Bars pattern was also available. The suggested retail prices were $33.00 for the high top models and $32.00 for the low cut.
Click on the thumbnails to see the full sized images from the Spring, 1999 catalog: high tops on the left, low cut on the right.
The 1998 seasonal colors for the Converse All Star were: Bamboo Green, Caribbean Blue, Flint Khaki, and New Gold.
Click on the thumbnails to see the full sized images from the 1998 catalog: high tops on the left, low cut on the right.
Converse also released new striped All Stars in low cuts that are a combination of canvas, suede, and leather. They came in three models: Charcoal/Black, Red/White/Black, and Green/Yellow/Red.
Seasonal colors in the 1990s have included: Light Chino, Aqua or Light Blue, Dusk Blue, Bright Blue, Orange, Yellow, Mud, Cinnamon, Teal, Pine (for a time Pine was a core color), Olive, and Light Brown.
Here are some photos from various catalogs prior to 1998. Click on the thumbnails to see the full sized image: